Deuteronomy begins by telling the reader that it contains the “words that Moses spoke,” but it also contains another voice – words written by another hand. This other voice/hand is that of a narrator or an editor. At times this other voice provides useful information, but the goal is to determine which words can be identified as Moses’s within the larger work. Our narrator tells us Moses wrote “haTorah hazoth – this Torah.” Can we discern what it contained? Is it possible to distinguish between the words that Moses spoke/wrote and the words of the narrator? We can, and this class lays the groundwork for our task.


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